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Japa Inspirations Day 2 - The Right Tuning

The right tuning or the right attitude is important for everything we do. When you come to a lecture and you really want to know what the lecturer has to say, you will be attentive and have an entirely different experience than if you sit down and you are not really interested. You might play around with your mobile telephone, check up your Whats App, etc. This idea of tuning in is especially important when we sit down for our spiritual practice.

When you sit down to do japa, it is important to centee yourself, to be there entirely. I always like to remember this beautiful verse from Caitanya-caritamrta that helps to tune me in: “My dear Lord Krishna, since so many long years in this material world I have completely forgotten You, but today I turn to You as Your sincere and serious servant. Please, accept me!”

Now, how do we turn to Krishna? What do we have to turn to Krishna? First, we take our body: we sit down, we sit in an upright position for better concentration, we pronounce clearly, and we listen attentively to our sound. Turning to Krishna especially means to turn your mind to Krishna: focus, concentrate on your japa, bring it back from wherever it wanders due to its restless nature, and just focus it on a steady, enlivening stream of the Holy Name. And finally, do not forget the most important part of you—the part without which you are not alive—your heart.

Turn to Krishna and say the prayer mentioned earlier: “My dear Lord Krishna, today I am turning to You as Your sincere servant. Please, accept me!”

To listen to the audio recording, follow this link: https://soundcloud.com/sacinandanaswami/sets/japa-inspirations

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